AGYA Member

Samar Saad Eldeen Azab

Biology, Pharmacy

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Molecular Biology in Cancer Chemotherapy

About me

I work as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. My work involves an academic part of teaching under- and postgraduate pharmacy students. Furthermore, I am also interested in scientific research areas related to the modulation of drug resistance in cancer cells.

My most influencing professional experiences, so far, were my visit to the University of Texas as a PhD student and my post doc fellowships at the Tumor Biology Center Freiburg. Since then, I have been concerned with studying and applying highly advanced academic skills and techniques in my country. The aim from my membership in the AGYA was to establish international scientific networks to help me and my students for proceeding in our professional careers. I believe that AGYA supports innovation through academic as well as research quality.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups: Arab and German Education; Innovation & Health and Society
  • Today, more than ever, research is international and subject to strong competition between global research centers. Hence, establishing international interdisciplinary partnerships is a must to ensure research and academic excellence. In this regards, after being awarded membership in AGYA, I started working with my colleagues in several Working Groups. Our goals involve first, discussing the different challenges that academics and researchers in both Arab and German universities and research centers currently face. Second, upon identifying some of these challenges, we hope to serve our communities by trying to reach out to them and provide guiding information based on our professional experiences. These objectives can be fulfilled by organizing several talks and presentations targeting education, university reforms & medical concerns.
  • AGYA Project: "Twinning for Innovation: Exploring and enabling Arab-German technology and knowledge transfer on the grassroots level", Innovation Working Group
  • AGYA Project: "Training the Next Generation of Scientists on Principles of  Regenerative Medicine", Health and Society Working Group (Hurghada & Cairo, October 2017)

Academic Career

2014 - Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University; Cairo, Egypt
2016 Acting Head of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University; Cairo, Egypt
2013 Visiting Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow), Cardiff School of Biosciences; UK
2011 - 2013 Post-doc (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow), Tumor Biology Center; Freiburg, Germany
2010 Post-doc (DAAD Scholarship (GERSS)), Tumor Biology Center; Freiburg, Germany
2009 - 2014 Lecturer of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University; Cairo, Egypt
2009 PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University; Cairo, Egypt & University of Texas-Medical Branch (Interior Mission system); USA
2004 MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology and Toxicology), Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University; Cairo, Egypt

Selected Publications


  • Azab S. S. & Al-Hendy A. (2011). Signal Transduction Pathways in Breast cancer: drug targets and challenges in “Breast Cancer Cells - Carcinogenesis, Cell Growth and Signalling Pathways", Gunduz, M. & Gunduz, E. (eds.), InTech, 109-138.
  • Azab S. S., Salama S. A., Abdel-Naim A. B., Khalifa A. E., El-Demerdash E. & Al-Hendy A. (2008). 2-Methoxyestradiol and multidrug resistance: can 2-methoxyestradiol chemosensitize resistant breast cancer cells?, Breast Cancer Res Treat,113(1), 9-19.
  • Azab S. S., El-Demerdash E., Abdel-Naim A. B., Youssef E., El-Sharkawy N., Osman A. M. (2005). Modulation of epirubicin cytotoxicity by tamoxifen in human breast cancer cell lines, Biochem Pharmacol, 70(5), 725-32.

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Ain-Shams University, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy

Abbasia Cairo 11566 Egypt


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